Introducing your friends, Angelina Jolie, things you can find in a kitchen, Central Park in New York, celebrities working for charity, etc.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is: 

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Introducing people.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Zara from Bristol talking about why she would like to meet Angelina Jolie.

Is there a famous film actress that you’d like to meet?

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.



Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack.

You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

In the quiz, Daniel and Alice tried to think of things you can find in a kitchen. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Drag the words into the right column. Would you find them in a bedroom or in a kitchen?


Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Mike talking about Central Park in New York.
Think about a place in your city that you want to tell people about. It might be a park or a famous square – somewhere you like or somewhere people go to relax.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.



Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’
What do you think?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

Which ones do you agree with? Write down your opinion – Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity? You can send us your text if you want. Do this in the comments section below.



Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the other exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose different phrases that you could use in the same situations.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.


Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the words in sentences in the correct order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite sentences using different words.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘Goodnight’ or ‘Good evening’





_ yes i think when we like someone, we believe in what they say, we dont think of his bad side,it's normal.
_not all of them. Some really do work for charity by mankind, but most of them only want publicity. I dont think one person who tries to do his best to be famous has his original purpose for charity. I often hear the Misses World say that they will give the money to the poor if they win this price. I've never believed that.!
_no, on the contrary, this is one of the easiest way to attract our attentions and loves
_that's right . charities get some moneys to help the poor.
_no, i dont think so, especially during  this crisis, there are more and more unemployments in the world. People try to assure their own life.
_yes, it's a fashion to do work for charity. It's a concurrence between the celebrities.
* for me, i think it's a great idea for celebrities to do work for charity. we dont care about their purposes, either publicity or fashion, because we can't require them to give money and their hearts at the same time. In any case, they contribute to relieve the poverty, the hungriness, help the poor have a basic life...

I'm lucky to live in the capital of France-Paris- which attracts millions of tourists in the world each year. Paris possess many principal  touristique sites: The Eiffel Tower, The Champs Elysée Avenue where most of the parades are taken place yearly , the three palaces  also  converge on this avenue...
along Champs Elysée avenue, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Concorde Square, you can't be unware of the Jardin des Tuleries.( Tuleries Garden ). It is one of the first parks to open to the public and it quickly becomes a place to see and be seen.
this green space is decovered by the Queen Catherine de Médicis in 16th century.
Between 1660 and 1664 the garden was redesigned in French formal style by André Le Nôtre, the celebrated gardener of the Sun King, best known for his design of the gardens at the  Versailles Palace .
after lots of big popular events and vicissitudes, the Garden now has got its own feature:   two large basins with several fountains in the middle and the benches around, numerous sculptures and two museums, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Musée de l'Orangerie....
everyone can go there free , rich or poor, the French or the strangers. You can go there for a walk, a jog, a lecture or a sunburn. There is no much sunlight in the year in France, so many people love to go there to have a sunburn whenever possible.
the garden is decorated with plenty kinds of flowers of the country, so you'll have occasion to contemplate them in the drift of different fragrances.
i like this garden beacause it has a beautiful history, it is an association of french and italian cultures, an ideal place to relax and to escape from the pollution of the big city like Paris

hello Tess and Ravi !
i wanna  join to the programme: " i'd like to meet"
actually, i'd like to meet Mel Gibson. He's an actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter . He's american-autralian. He was born in Peekskill, New York. He moved with his parents to Autralia wen he was only 12 years old then studied at the " National Institute of Dramatic Art " in Sydney.
he was very successful in his career. He has won many awards, such as:  The Best Actor in a Leading Role in  " Mad Max series"," The Year of Living Dangerously " ; The Best Action Sequence, The Best On-screen Duo, Most Disirable Male in the film "Lethal Weapon 3 " , and so on.
some of his famous films are: The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart, Hamlet, Apocalypto .
one of my favourite film is " out of the control " , in which he played very well the role of the father whose daugter was shot before his own house........
i'd like to meet him because he's so great, so handsome as well .
if i meet him, i'll talk about his films, his family, his future programmes, and the important  thing is that he  has been accused of homophobia. i'll ask him if  this survey  has any influence in his career and what will he do to
recreate  his fans' belief .

hello every one . this conversation is very usefull for every one
best regard

good morning
iam  very happy when istart to listen and learn english everyday   ifind my self very well and ifound Always very riche vocabol  and grammaire very riche language is english iam very happy but iregret much  why in the past ididn't learn it since my kid
best regards

good morning
iam very happy to heart for these couses ifind theme very nice iwish to british concil lo,g line and much succes
best regards

I realized that Elementary Podcasts are  very helpful activities to improve my English, so I decided to start from Series01 Episode 01,and reach to the latest Episode step by step. I think this is the best way to familiarize with the heros of these activities, and bring development to my English. Finally I must to think you for your efforts to encourage beginners like me with such marvellous themes.

Hi!  I´m new here
I would like to improve my english.

I would like to meet Isac Assimov, he is and was one of the greatest science fiction writters among H. G. Wells and Bradbury. Unfortunately he already past away, but since he had such a vast imagination I would like to find out how he managed to write the 7 books of the Foundation Saga.
Another excelent writter is  Frank Herbert. I am reading now the first book of the Dune saga and I am already trapped and amazed.
Carolina A. Quiroga from Colombia

hello! I'm a new "student" in this site...the conversation it's very easy and I like that beacause that would mean I grow up with my english :)